Tips To Remove Stubborn Pencil Graffiti From Restrooms

A poster asks for the solution to remove stubborn pencil-mark graffiti from restrooms.

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Question: Does anyone have the do’s or don’ts for pencil marks on potties? Graffiti removers don’t work, not that I have found anyway.


I carry a large pink eraser in the truck with me and just rub it off.

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I’ve had good luck with the Sunrise Environmental products for removing pencil marks.

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Tagaway Graffiti Remover wipes them clean off, along with a bunch of other things. Unfortunately it doesn’t remove the markers that embed themselves in the plastic.

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The giant eraser idea isn’t that great because if the eraser is dirty it will wipe that grime on the plastic or it leaves a residue.

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We just tried the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I haven’t tried pencil myself; one of my employees said it took it off. I know they work great for strap marks and hard water stains.

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Not sure about pencil marks, but oven cleaner has taken off our marker-type graffiti and other “messages.”

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Toico sells the magic sponges. They work great for pencil and will remove Sharpie shadow if done promptly.

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We use Goof Off spray. It works great, even on the tough graffiti inks. Just spray, wipe off and give a good rinse.

Getting into the nooks and crannies

Question: How do other PROs get the inside of the tank on your restrooms nice and clean? We’ve just used the pressure washer we clean the unit with, but we can’t get everywhere and a lot of the time it ends up splashing back at us.

Answer: The Gamajet is the best way to do it. Plus you can use it to clean the tipped-over units without being inside the unit yourself.

How far do you travel to provide service?

Question: How far away is your furthest toilet? We have units that are nine hours round trip from base. I think that’s quite a long haul. Do you have units farther away?

I had an all-day project at a remote lookout tower. The last stretch of “road” took over an hour to traverse. You had to go up it in granny gear as there were 143 water bars cut across it (yes, we counted). It cost them several hundred dollars by the time it was over.

They must have found some other sucker to do it, as they haven’t called me in a couple of years. I can’t say that I mind.

Answer: I charge by the mile after 15 miles. My mileage charge reflects operator time as well as fuel and wear and tear on the truck [along with a fuel surcharge]. If it costs me, it will cost you. By the time I get about 60 miles away, it gets cost-prohibitive for most. I find keeping a good tab on what it costs me to operate lets me know what to charge.


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